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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1964, The Beatles Held the Hot 100’s Entire Top Five

"Can't Buy Me Love" headed up a record week. Plus, remembering feats by Leona Lewis, Garth Brooks & ABBA.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

April 3, 2004
Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker‘s party anthem “When the Sun Goes Down” logged its first of five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

April 4, 1964
The Fab Four’s fab five: Songs by The Beatles infused the Billboard Hot 100‘s entire top five, the only week that an act has monopolized the chart’s top five positions. “Can’t Buy Me Love” zoomed 27-1, followed by “Twist and Shout” (3-2), “She Loves You” (1-3), “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (2-4) and “Please Please Me” (4-5). The headline on page 1 of Billboard that week? “Chart Crawls With Beatles.”


April 5, 2008
Leona Lewis‘ debut smash “Bleeding Love” spent its first of four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 6, 1991
Garth Brooks dealt the third Hot Country Songs No. 1 from his sophomore album No Fences, as “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” rose 2-1. He’s tallied 19 career leaders (and is currently scaling the Country Airplay chart with his latest single, “Ask Me How I Know.”)

April 7, 2001
Rap-rockers Crazy Town soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Butterfly.” The song had previously topped Alternative Songs for two weeks.

April 8, 2006
A lot of good came out of Daniel Powter having a “Bad Day”: his song, as featured on American Idol in 2006 as contestants’ departure theme, rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

April 9, 1977
After scoring six career-opening top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits, led by its first, the No. 6-peaking “Waterloo,” ABBA led the list at last with “Dancing Queen,” on this date 40 years ago. The single remains the Swedish pop icons’ signature song – and a dancefloor and karaoke classic – although the quartet added seven more top 40 hits through 1982, while enjoying a pop culture revival in the ’90s and 2000s with the musical and movie, Mamma Mia!